Birchwood’s Young Musician 2022 Final

On Thursday 24 February Birchwood’s Young Musician 2022 Final was held in the school hall. The competition final, which is in its eighth year, was judged by Mr Peter Foster who is head of Bishop’s Stortford Music School. It was a wonderful evening of music and the performances were outstanding. The range of talent on display was inspiring and the final included solo performances on clarinet, flute, piano, saxophone, voice, cello, heavy metal guitar and drum kit. We would like to thank all students who entered the competition, the quality of entries made deciding on the overall finalists exceedingly difficult, and many thanks to Peter Foster for judging the final and Mr Stock for accompanying.

Young Musician of the Year 2022

Birchwood’s Young Musician of the Year 2022
Are you Birchwood’s next Pop or Classical winner?
How to Enter:
All you need to do is email a video recording of you performing your favourite piece in a communal space, e.g. your living room,
to Mr Grogan,
All styles and genres of music are welcome.
Closing date for entries is:
Wednesday 9 February and finalists will be announced on Friday 11 February.

Artist Darcy Turner runs a workshop for Year 10

On Wednesday 23 June, Year 10 art students enjoyed an amazing new sculpture experience. The artist and inventor Darcy Turner delivered a whole day workshop exploring his Stixx machine sculpture techniques. The students had to respond to their current coursework theme of Layers and produce a 3D sculpture.

Virtual Young Musician Competition 2021

Mr Grogan and Mr Stock would like to congratulate the following students for taking part in our Virtual Young Musician Competition 2021. The overall winners were Emily Robson and
Jorja O’Grady, with runners up Isabelle Ramsay (Voice) and Jessica Newton (Piano). The standard of musicianship was outstanding, and they had a really difficult time deciding on winners. The winners and runners up will be performing in our Summer Prom Concert on Friday 9 July on the Piazza.

Art tiger

The art being produced during lockdown has been amazing!

Keep drawing, dancing, painting, performing and singing. Remember all expressive and performing arts is good for your health and wellbeing.

Art Exhibition

What you need to do:
1. Photograph your work in good lighting
2. Title your work
3. Send the photograph of your work with:
The Title,
Artist name,
Media/technique used to create it.
Remember any creative media can be
exhibited i.e. textiles, printing, photography, painting,
drawing or sculpture.

Send it to:

Closing date for entries is Monday 6 July 2020
Condition of entry you must be happy for your
name to be displayed on the school website.
If you are a student under the age of 18.
We also need your parental consent.

Dance Challenges

Miss Adams has been setting some amazing dance challenges via Show My Homework, while we have been in lockdown.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part.

Keep sending Miss Adams your pictures.

Art in lockdown

Our art students have been busy painting all though lockdown. This piece is by Emma Spencer.


Over fifty students took part in our colourful, toe tapping extravaganza of Hairspray. The show ran over four nights and all seats were sold out! With students as young as Year 8 managing the responsibility of lead roles, lead dancers and also as part of the backstage crew it was a celebration of talent at the highest order.
Jonathan Cowen starred as Edna, Tracy’s Mum complete with a fat suit and full face of make-up, this was a wonder to behold!  Dillon Browne was shining in his professional portrayal as Corny Collins. The lead role of Tracy was double cast due to the unbelievable quality of auditions and Sophie Springham and Evie James did not disappoint with a quirky, American sass that had the audience singing and laughing along. The Birchwood band displayed a level of professionalism second to none – their calm brilliance in their musical performance left the audience wondering if a backing track was playing! This was an exceptional performance by all members of the production and the audience said they felt it had been a privilege to witness. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the show possible.

Christmas Carols

Christmas has truly arrived with Birchwood’s Music department’s annual Carols by Candlelight Service that took place on Wednesday 18 December at St Michael’s Church.

Isabelle Ramsay sang a fabulous solo “Once in Royal David City” as well as beautiful choir arrangements for Vocalise, Senior Choir, and Year 9 and 10 singers filling the church with harmonious singing. The Reverend Williams lead the service with readings from Mr C Gilbank - Deputy Principal, Anya Seifert, Matthew Reader, Mrs P Fowell and Lauren Gore. Mince pies and mulled wine gave the evening a special Christmas spirit.

Special thanks goes to David Pickthall MBE, our organist for the evening and to St Michael’s Church for letting us host this event.